[caption id="attachment_50959" align="alignleft" width="150"] The University of Missouri has launched a new civility campaign called "Show Me Respect," a nod to the state's nickname.[/caption]

Jewish students in the University of California system labeled terrorists for their support of Israel. Black high school students pelted by bananas on a Tennessee campus tour. A hostile student in Maryland challenging his professor to a fight after the teacher limited the use of cell phones and laptops during lectures.

In a society where anonymous internet commenters freely lob insults, and politicians spew partisan barbs, the decline of basic...

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